PLOCAN at the OceanLit project meeting and at the Marlice Islands forum

PLOCAN participated in the partners’ meeting of the European project “Management of coastal protected natural areas affected by marine litter in oceanic archipelagos”, Oceanlit, held in the framework of the International Forum on marine litter and circular economy in islands, Marlice Islands, at the Martianez Lake facilities in Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife).

The first edition of Marlice Islands was organised by the Government of the Canary Islands and coordinated by the Spanish Marine Litter Association (AEBAM) with the collaboration of, among others, the Oceanlit project.

For two consecutive days, the forum held plenary and parallel sessions on the problems of marine litter on islands, prevention, monitoring methodologies, removal and management, waste recovery and awareness-raising. Organisations and professionals from the scientific, business, environmental, local, national and international fields took part in the different sessions.

Oceanlit’s general objective is the reduction of marine waste through the generation of knowledge, the improvement of the waste management system and the raising of awareness among users and the general public, favouring the conservation and recovery of coastal and marine protected natural spaces in oceanic archipelagos.

The Oceanlit partners’ meeting was attended by partners from Madeira and the Azores. During the meeting, the status of the activities of the different blocks of the project was reviewed and the end of the project implementation was planned.

The Oceanlit project is funded by the Interreg MAC 2014-2020 programme and involves as Canarian partners the Government of the Canary Islands (Vice-Ministry of Environment), the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, CETECIMA, Seo Birdlife, Puertos Canarios and PLOCAN.

Madeira partners are: Secretaria Regional de Ambiente, Recursos Naturais e Alterações Climáticas-SRAAC, Secretaria Regional do Mar e Pescas- SRMP, A Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação – ARDITI, Administração dos Portos da Região Autónoma da Madeira, SA-APRAM, Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves – SPEA-M. From the Azores the partners are A Direção Regional dos Assuntos do Mar- DRAM, Direção Regional das Pescas- DRP, Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves- SPEA-A. The partner of the third country is BIOS Cabo Verde.

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